What Day is it Today? Round-up

There are Women in Islam, there have always been Women in Islam. Ms. Magazine

Danger is afoot. Garden of Adam, Klu Klux Who? and Burn Her!. Ms Magazine

This would be a good time to point out Dark Age Ahead by Jane Jacobs. Don't forget to use and support your local Public Library.

So You Think You Know Womens History? Test yourself like its 1972. Ms. Magazine

Bioephemera alerts us to another WTF night on The National Geographic Channel. LOTR will never be the same again.

Who said the Victorian Era didn't have Women Artists? Part 1

Known for introducing celtic imagery and design into the Art Nouveau, specifically in shaping the celtic core inside Liberty & Co., Mary Seton Fraser Tytler Watts (1849-1938) was a genius of the Arts & Crafts Movement.

The Pelican Rug designed for Liberty & Co.

Watt Chapel, Compton
Detail Watt Chapel, Compton

I was familiar with her ceramics and work for Liberty but had no idea the extent of the decoration that goes on inside the Watts Chapel in Compton, Surrey.


  Desperately seeking full-size pics for use as wallpapers. Someone please create hi-def versions!

She also founded two Potteries which employed local artisans providing a wealth of employment for women who were otherwise bullied out of the workforce.

Compton Pottery Vessel

US National Statuary Hall Collection

Frances Willard was the first woman to be added to the Statuary Hall Collection, today in 1905. So far, of the 102 sculptures added nine of them honor women, that's 6.86%.
 Frances Elizabeth Caroline Willard (1839-1898)
Educator, Suffragist, Author
Marble by Franklin Simmons

 Maria Louise Sanford (1836-1920)
Educator, Activist and oddly Suffragist Resistor
Bronze by Evelyn Raymond (1908-Present)

 Florence Rena Sabin (1871-1953)
Bronze by Joy Buba (1904-1998)

Esther Hobart Morris (1814-1902)
Activist, Suffragist, Politician
Bronze by Avard Fairbanks

Mother Joseph (Esther Pariseau 1823-1902)
Architect, Artist, Missionary
Bronze by Felix W. de Weldon
Jeanette Pickering Rankin (1880-1973)
 Suffragist, Activist, Pacifist, Politican
Bronze by Terry B. Weaver

Sacagawea (1788-1812/1884)
Bronze after Leonard Crunelle

 Thocmentony (Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins 1841-1891)
Activist, Author
Bronze by Benjamin Victor

 Helen Keller (1880-1968)Activist, Suffragist, Author
Bronze by Edward Hlavka

There are slightly more artists represented that are female, twelve of the sculptures at 11.76%.
Anne Whitney (1821-1915)
 Bronze of Samuel Adams
Image Courtesy of Architect of the Capitol

Blanche  Nevin (1838-1889)
Marble of John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg

 1905 & 1905
Franzisca Bernadina Wilhelmina Elizabet Ney  (1833-1907)
 Marble statue of Sam Houston and Marble statue of Stephen F. Austin
Images Courtesy of Architect of the Capital

Helen Farnsworth Mears (1872-1916)
Marble of Frances E. Willard (1839-1898)

Nellie Verne Walker (1874-1973)
 Bronze of James Harlan
 Image Courtesy of Architect of the Capital
1928 & 1931
Belle Marshall Kinney Scholz (1890-1959)
 Jointley executed the bronze statues of both Andrew Jackson and John Sevier with her husband Leopold F. Scholz
 Images Courtesy of Architect of the Capital

Leone Evelyn Raymond (1908-Present)
Bronze of Maria L. Sanford

Joy Buba (1904-1998)
Bronze of  Florence Rena Sabin (1871-1953)
 Yolande Jacobson Sheppard (1921-1998)
Bronze of Patrick Anthony McCarran 
Image Courtesy of Architect of the Capital

Suzanne Silvercruys
Bronze of Eusebio F. Kino 
Image Courtesy of Architect of the Capital

Genderfrak Friday

Getting to an internet connection this week is proving to be difficult, I'm out of town and rural wi-fi only comes with a cable hookup. Here's a couple of random DQ pics inspired from Miriam's post over at Feministing.

eBay find: photo taken c.1920-1924

Sigourney Weaver, looking damn fine.

Random hard-drive find, source unknown.

Musician Chris Pureka

And Clementine Ford, just 'cause, well, bring it!

Check out the promising new dapperQ , a genderqueer fashion site.

Language Moosh

Tuesday Birthday Roundup

American poet Amy Lowell was born today in 1874.Though expressibly not a "feminist" Lowell lived and wrote openly and became an activist through her unabashed impressionist poetry.

Image courtesy of the NYPL Digital Library

When you came, you were like red wine and honey,
And the taste of you burnt my mouth with its
Now you are like morning bread,
Smooth and pleasant.
I hardly taste you at all for I know your savour,
But I am completely nourished.

~ Selection from A Decade, 1919

Apparently academics call that "highly coded" poetry. Isn't it thrilling to hear that was written and published with acclaim 91 years ago.

Around the Web:
Lowell, Amy @ GLBTQ
Nice selection of Poems by Amy Lowell
Books @ Project Gutenburg

That first line reminds me of Missy Higgins highly coded lyrics in her song Warm Whispers:


Dutch doctor, activist, writer, lecture and suffragist Dr. Aletta Henrietta Jacobs is born today in 1854.

Painted by Isaac Israëls (1919). Present of Mathilde Cohen Tervaert-Israëls at the opening of the IAV in 1936. [Courtesy of Aletta Jacobs.org]

Read more at the Related Posts:
Vereeniging voor Vrouwenkiesrecht

Martha Edna Wright Griffiths: Mother of the ERA

Martha Edna Wright Griffiths (1912-2003) was, amongst many other actions, the first woman to serve on the powerful House Committee on Ways and Means and was instrumental in getting the prohibition of sex discrimination added to the landmark Civil Rights Act today in 1964.

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress

Original Image courtesy of The Centre for Legislative Archives
Principle not policy, Justice not favor. Men, their rights and nothing more. Women, their rights and nothing less...

Around the Web:
Martha Wright Griffiths (1912-2003) Women in Congress (also an excellent resource on Women in US Politics)
Griffiths Leadership Society for Women
Marth Wright Griffiths Bio and Documentation at the Legislative Branch Archives